Key Categories in the Study of Religion - Contexts and Critiques - Rebekka King

Key Categories in the Study of Religion - Contexts and Critiques - Rebekka King

6. Signifying “Der Rassist” in Religious Studies and the Axes of Social Difference

Key Categories in the Study of Religion - Contexts and Critiques - Rebekka King

Richard W. Newton, Jr. [+-]
University of Alabama
Richard W. Newton, Jr. is Assistant Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Alabama. His research examines the making of social difference in light of the anthropology of scriptures. He also curates the teacher-scholar multimedia resource, Sowing the Seed: Fruitful Conversations in Religion, Culture, and Teaching (sowingtheseed.org).

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This essay argues that religion and race are categories of analysis that are more politically charged than liberal/progressive academic rhetorics let on. I argue that rather than sites to champion liberation or inclusion, these terms should be understood historically as axes of social difference. Furthermore, social theorists should map the way these and comparable terms operate in the politics of identification, the framing of culture, and the obscuring of our own critical theorizing.

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Newton, Richard. 6. Signifying “Der Rassist” in Religious Studies and the Axes of Social Difference. Key Categories in the Study of Religion - Contexts and Critiques. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 73-91 Jul 2022. ISBN 9781781799666. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=39446. Date accessed: 06 Dec 2022 doi: 10.1558/equinox.39446. Jul 2022

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